Copeland’s to close restaurant, open Baton Rouge-tested concept in Lafayette

    For the second time in two years, Copeland’s is saying goodbye to Acadiana—but not for good.

    As the Daily Advertiser reports, Copeland’s MKT, a fast-casual version of the full-service, popular New Orleans restaurant, will close on Aug. 5. But the Copeland’s team plans to replace it with a fast-casual biscuit restaurant called Batch 13 that has seen success in the Baton Rouge market.

    “We’re going to have a whole new look, new sign, new menu and new feel,” says Quentin Guillory, who manages Copeland’s MKT. “We’ll be similar to the Baton Rouge location of Batch 13, but we’ll offer a few different things as well.”

    Full-service restaurants have been reworking their concepts to appeal to the fast-casual market. For Copeland’s of New Orleans, that meant introducing Batch 13 Biscuits & Bowls in Baton Rouge and Copeland’s MKT in Lafayette. Both opened in May of 2017.

    Copeland’s MKT—which stands for Market Kitchen Table—served as a quick fix after the franchise location of Copeland’s of New Orleans in Lafayette abruptly closed in the fall of 2016. The restaurant offered favorites from the Copeland’s menu, lighter lunch options, catering services, and pantry items at 2668 Johnston St. in the Autumnwood Place shopping center.

    Batch 13 functions even less like Copeland’s and more like a trendy brunch spot. Its name is a tribute to the Southern biscuit and Al Copeland’s favorite number, which is fitting as it’s also a baker’s dozen.

    Guillory, who has worked at both Copeland’s restaurants in Lafayette and helped open Batch 13 in Baton Rouge, expects the restaurant to thrive in Lafayette.

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